Angela just 18 years is one of our fabulous new, enthusiastic and motivated rugby coaches. Angela notes herself as a quick thinker with the ability to adapt her coaching approach to different situations and the people she is working with. Randazzo’s sporting and coaching background includes a modest Black Belt in Karate that she earnt at the very young age of 10 and her second dan black belt at 12. Angela coached Karate for 3 years from the age of 12 and it is no surprise that Randazzo went on to represent England in Karate at 14.
Angela moved to rugby once she finished doing Karate competitively a game Angela says she always wanted to play. She started playing at her college at St John the Baptist School and then joined Cobham.
Fast to climb the competitive rankings she was selected in the U18 Surrey Girls Side county side and most recently in the xv a side 1st team for for Richmond FC in the Women’s Tyrelles premiership.
Angelas coaching goals are to help young people in particular girls get active and enjoy being apart of sport. Angela hopes to be a role model to young girls breaking down gender stereotypes in sport showing young girls you can take part in any sport you like.
Angela joined Lions because they are a fast growing and innovative company that aims to help young people enjoy, learn and develop through sports and rugby.
We asked Angela if you were trapped on a desert Island 3 things you would take;
a surf board
2) peanut butter m&ms
3) and a blanket
We are absolutely delighted to have such an inspirational and driven young lady a part of our Lions Coaches Network.
Be sure to say hi to Angela as she is coaching out and about in Schools and Rugby clubs.
Welcome aboard Angela!
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Full name: Myles Asiedu-Nesbeth
How long have you been coaching? Basketball & multisport coaching: two years
S&C coaching: 1 year
How did you get into it and why coaching? I have been involved in sport from a young age and have had some inspirational coaches around me during that time and I feel that younger children/teenagers should receive the skills and discipline that I was shown which is why I started to coach
Why Lions? I have great respect for the work done by Lions and I like how it gives rookie coaches like me a chance and a stepping stone into my ideal career
Qualifications and training?
Basketball coaching level 1
Football coaching level 1
FA referee level 1
Gym instructor level 2
BSC Hons Strength and Conditioning
Coaching Goals? To become an S&C coach for a professional team as well as having a business where we send out coaches to teams who require one and set up an internship programme
Interests and Hobbies? Basketball has been my main interest from young and it’s something that I have a great passion for.
Trapped on a desert island, 3 things what are they?
Will is a strength and conditioning expert summarised by past lecturers as “one of the strongest undergrads ever”!
Having achieved recognition as a UKSCA level coach (level 4) and currently completing his MA, Will epitomises what we look for in a Programme Director. His in-depth knowledge and expertise in this area ensure outstanding progress and results not only for those he coaches but other professionals around him.
Having had a successful playing career himself, playing academy rugby and representing South-East England (flanker), Will understands exactly what young aspiring athletes need and plans their programs accordingly. Will has coached at county level not just in rugby but cricket too. Will is a well-respected and professional team player.
Raniero has a breadth of experience and knowledge in the field having worked as Head of S&C Rugby Reggio Italy, U18's S&C Ospreys Rugby Wales, Assistant S&C West Perth Falcons FC Australia and is currently working with Harlequins Premiership Senior side not to mention 4 years professional playing experience and a Masters in Strength & Conditioning!
Vicky Fleetwood is a woman of many talents; a former junior hurdler, a personal trainer and a Rugby World Cup winner. The Nuneaton-born diet and nutrition adviser began playing rugby at the age of 14 after tiring of watching her brother play. Vicky moved to Saracens from Lichfield after the Women’s World Cup success in 2014, where she made six appearances. Two of these were off the bench but the front row was handed a start in the final where England beat Canada 21-9. She overcame an injury to make the 2017 Women's World Cup and made three appearances off the bench including in the final against New Zealand. Despite making her Red Roses debut in August 2011 at the age of 21, Vicky had raced to 50 caps by July 2015. After scoring two tries in her first 56 Tests, Vicky bagged a hat-trick in the 29-15 win over Italy at Twickenham Stoop in February 2017. It was the first by a front row forward in the history of the Women’s Six Nations with her three tries spanning only 19 minutes and she went on to play in every match of the championship that year. Vicky was first involved in England Sevens at the Rugby Europe Grand Prix in Kazan in 2015 and played the final three legs of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in 2018. The prop was then selected for the World Cup Sevens in San Francisco in July 2018.
Chantelle has been playing since she was 7 years old and started at a club called Winscombe RFC in Somerset. Since then Chantelle has played for Somerset, South West, Bristol and England U20s before getting capped by England Sevens in 2017. Chantelle has always enjoyed playing but more recently has found a new joy in coaching. Chantelle enjoys being able to pass on things she has learnt to other young girls and try and inspire them to play this amazing sport. Chantelle is currently in the middle of studying Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Loughborough that she hopes will compliment her coaching knowledge.
Claire Purdy is a former England Women's Rugby player and captain with 43 caps to her name. Claire first started playing rugby at the University of Chichester with her playing career there culminating in her representing England Students in 2001. Following her graduation, she has played for London Wasps since 2002, making her England debut in 2005 against Spain. Claire is the only player to be capped in all three front row positions, she won 43 England caps in her 9 year career with the international squad, and captained her country twice. Playing in both the 2010 and 2014 Women's Rugby World Cups, Claire was part of the team who won the 2014 competition, before winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year's Team of the Year award with the rest of the England Women's squad. Claire has also been part of the inaugural Barbarian Women's Team who faced Munster and selected again for the Barbarians second fixture against the Army.
Introducing Lions coach Ellie Green! Ellie started her rugby career playing for Sutton & Epsom RFC when she was just 7 years old. Growing up Ellie took part in many sports including swimming and Hockey but it was the influence of her older brother and sister who played that lead her to the rugby fields and love for the game. Ellies dad Graham Rodd, level 3 rugby coach currently coaching at Harlequins also played a big part in Ellie's rugby career.
Ellie debuted for England and was apart of the winning team who beat Canada at Acadia University, 36-22 at the recent Under 20’s Tri-Nations Cup playing as Fly Half. Ellie has also represented Surrey under 15’s and 18’s along with London South East.
One of her favourite sporting icons has been Serena Williams for not only her natural talent but also pure determination and persistence to stay World No.1 despite, injury and even recently after giving birth falling ill and changing her uniform to allow her to stay on the court for health reasons.
Kate is sports mad – she played hockey and netball at school, then did rowing at the University of West of England, alongside her degree in geography and construction. She started playing rugby five years ago at Windsor RFC and also played for Berkshire County for 4 seasons. She started at Wasps FC in the 2017/18 season. She has always been a tighthead prop apart from one season at Windsor where she played the second row. She also played regional rugby in Wales for the Newport Gwent Dragons for three seasons. She works fulltime for Wasps as their Commercial Manager.
Three years ago, she set up the girls section at Windsor for U13, U15 and U18 girls, creating a pathway for them to graduate up into the senior ladies squad – so we are delighted to have Kate on board!
Katie Mason has represented England Women in both the 15 a-side game and 7s earning 13 and 7 caps respectively. Katie started playing rugby at school in Bristol and joined Bristol Ladies aged 17. Whilst studying Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Bath she was selected for England U20s before earning her first senior cap in the 6 Nations in 2014. Katie played for England in two 6 Nations competitions, two summer tours to Canada and America, and also an Autumn Internationals series. During this time Katie was teaching PE!! Following on from this, Katie became a professional rugby player for England 7s in 2016-2018 competing in both the World 7s Series and European Championships. She has now joined Wasps Ladies FC for the coming season and looks forward to the opportunities of the Tyrell’s Premiership.
Katie is excited to make an impact on the girls game at a grassroots level and inspire young girls to get involved in the game. Katie will be heading up our Buckinghamshire and Berkshire area so make sure you say hello when you see her!
Leanne Riley started her international rugby career playing the sevens, and was part of the successful England team that lifted the IRB Challenge Cup Sevens crown in Hong Kong in 2012. Her Test debut in the XV-a-side format came in 2013 against South Africa but the Harlequins scrum-half would have to wait until the 2018 Women's Six Nations for her first try. Leanne took up rugby at the age of 10 at Park Hill Primary School in her home city of Coventry. She continued playing as she moved to different schools, featuring in a mixed tag tournament at Old Coventrians RFC and after that, started playing for the club’s junior teams. She won the Women’s Premiership in 2016 with Richmond and 2017 with Aylesford Bulls Ladies, bagging herself player of the final, before the club was taken over by Harlequins at the start of the Tyrrells Premier 15s for the 2017/18 season. Leanne appeared in 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup and currently has 21 caps for her country. The scrum half has been working with Lions since January 2018, inspiring the generation of players to push onto the next level.
Natashas' rugby career began at the age of 17 when her PE teacher suggested that she tried the sport. Her England dream became reality in the space of a few months as she progressed from the West Midlands trials, the high-performance academy and trials for the England U20 squad. She went on to start the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup final, earning her 29th cap and victory over Canada. Natasha represented Team GB in sevens at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Returning to 15s after the Olympics, she was awarded a full-time professional EPS contract in September 2016 and was part of the squad that reached a second successive World Cup final in 2017, starting against New Zealand. A foot injury caused her to miss the start of the 2017/18 season where she moved back into the England Sevens programme on a full-time basis. Gloucester-born Natasha was educated at Dean Magna Community School, Hartpury College and Bath University and when she's not contracted to England Rugby she is a PE teacher. Plagued by injury for much of the 2018 season, Natasha played in just the Kitakyushu leg of the 2017/18 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series. But she was named as captain of England in the first leg of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix in France in May before earning selection for the World Cup Sevens in San Francisco in July 2018.
Georgie’s first sport was Athletics. She began athletics in 2009, specialising in Javelin and competing at events such as BUCS Championships, County Championships and inter counties as well as league competitions for her club Hillingdon AC. Georgie still competes in Javelin and also spends her time coaching athletics and rugby. She also has experience working with children with a disability and those with special education needs (SEND).
Georgie studied BA Hons Physical and Sports Education at St Mary’s University, where she was first exposed to Rugby Union when a friend signed her up for the university ladies team. Floyd quickly became very fond of rugby and went on to play for Teddington ladies, became a Level 2 coach and President for St Mary’s Women’s rugby association.
“I am passionate about getting all children involved within sporting opportunities, whilst having fun!”
Chloe grew up on a cattle property in the Gulf of Queensland. She has been an elite athlete from a young age. Butlers first sporting love was in the 400m and 400m hurdles. She then had a stint playing in America playing Gridiron before returning to Australia to take up Rugby union.
Not long after picking up sports Butler earned her debutant Jersey for Australia as the 113th Wallaroo playing No.8, Flanker and Lock at the Tri Nations Series in New Zealand in 2014. Chloe attributes her fast growth in the sport thanks to some wonderful coaching down at Parramatta Two Blues Rugby Club in particular support and passion from Moala Polota-Nau sister of Australian Wallabies Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau.
Chloe went on to be a part of the 2014 Women Rugby Union World Cup in France, the first ever women's Bledislo Cup in New Zealand in 2016, 2017 Four nations series England, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and the 2017 World Cup in Ireland, in which time receiving many accolades for her efforts including her instrumental effort during the game to beat Japan to secure Australia for the next World Cup. Chloe moved to London after the World Cup to be apart of the first ever Womens Semi Professional Rugby Union competition the Womens 15's Tyrelles Premiership where she currently plays for Harlequins Women.
Chloes endeavours are to play for Australia at the next Bledislo Cup that was announced recently and will be held in Perth in August 2019. Her aims are to continue to enrich the lives of young girls and boys around her through sport. Chloe coaches rugby at several schools and clubs in London Middlesex and Surrey and is head coach of the U13 Guildford Grizzlies RFC.
Chloes' philosophies in coaching are centred around growth and learning at all levels whilst always having fun!
Henry recently graduated his bachelor in strength & conditioning science with a 2:1 along with being a qualified Level 2 rugby coach and lifeguard. Henry has been a part of all things sport since he can remember and in particular a passion for rugby since he was 4 years old.
Henry has had wonderful rugby career playing and captaining several teams including South East U18’s, St Marys University and currently playing for Esher RFC. He contributes his leadership skills and ability to work with people well thanks to his involvement in rugby. Naturally, with this love for rugby and sport, Henry started coaching at school and in particular started coaching for Lions in his first year of study doing work experience, now with over 3 years of experience Henry has excellent skills in the field and is a wonderful addition to the team.
Holly plays centre/wing for Harlequins Ladies, although injured at the moment following shoulder surgery. She grew up in Dubai and started playing at the age of 14 at Dubai Exiles RFC, where she went on to represent Arabian Gulf 7s at senior level at a number of competitions across Asia. Holly moved back to England at age 18 to study History and Politics at the University of Portsmouth, where she started playing for Richmond FC in 2012 winning both Premiership and National Cup competitions in 2013/14 and 2015/16 retrospectively. In 2013 Myers switched codes to represent England in the Rugby League World Cup earning 3 caps. Switching back to union, Holly went on to represent England before moving to Sydney, Australia to play for Waverley FC for one season. On her return to the UK, she starting playing for Aylesford Bulls, winning the Premiership and National Cup in 2016/17 before they changed hands to Harlequins in the Tyrrells Premier 15s in 2017.
Holly has previously worked as a netball, basketball and rugby coach in Dubai, Active4Life Coordinator in Portsmouth, and Sports Outreach Officer for Surrey Storm Netball and Surrey Scorchers Basketball. Myers is looking forward to using her previous experience to make an impact and implement rugby coaching programmes in primary and secondary schools; building on our mission in increasing participation levels in girl’s rugby from grassroots, and implementing coach education programmes across Surrey and Middlesex.
Joe is an experienced Relationship Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the sports industry. Working previously for Premier Sport, Joe joined Lions in January 2018. Joes Skills include Business/Customer Relationship Management, Operations Management, Sales, Sales Operations, and Sports Marketing. Strong sales professional with a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Exercise from the University of Worcester.
In his spare time, Joe is the captain for Guildford Rugby Club who play in London & South East Premier.
Tina has 18 years of experience working in IT sales administration for large corporations and small start- up companies. This has involved working closely with finance teams assisting with revenue and cost reporting.
At Lions, Tina takes care of the finances and general administration for the team.
Family life keeps her busy outside of work and although not a rugby player, she enjoys going to the gym and for a run. Her greatest achievement is running a marathon!
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Charlie a polite and pleasant young man with an outgoing nature and positive approach that lends itself perfectly to coaching children.
Charlie has experience coaching at several schools in the UK and also abroad in schools in Australia at Knox Grammar School in Sydney and New Zealand. He has also played football captaining his team with Cranleigh School. Known as a great team player Charlie has also played with Oxshott 1st XI cricket and Reeds Weybridge U18 and 1st team Rugby.
Introducing Coach Emi Sutton... Emi, formerly Emogene, has been coaching from a very young age in a variety of sports. Including hockey, tennis, netball and rugby to a range of age groups. Each sport has given her new ideas and insights for training sessions and has added to her coaching ability and coaching toolbox dramatically.
Emi’s background in sport has been strongly influenced by her three older brothers who all play rugby. She spent many of her weekends on the side of a rugby pitch.
Emi has represented county levels for cross-country, tennis and south east England track and field and has developed a real aptitude for sport.
Emi chose coaching because she loves to see individuals progress she thinks that helping others learn and help them successfully take part in sport is the most important thing and very rewarding for all.
Sutton completed an undergraduate degree in ‘Physical Education and Sport’ at Cardiff Metropolitan University - one of the best Sports Programmes in the country. Whilst studying Emi also competed in netball and rugby BUCS. “ I understand the importance of hard work but also creating a fun environment for you all to become superstars!” Emi Sutton.
Emi is currently doing her PGCE through Southampton University to become a qualified PE Teacher. Alongside this she plays for Harlequins Women’s Rugby and loves long walks with her two best friends Max and Will (her dogs). She loves being busy and active and sitting still is a big struggle!
Trapped on a deserted island, you can take 3 things what are they?
1. Paddle board
3. Of course a Rugby ball!
Izzy is an outstanding sports coach with a very good tactical and technical knowledge of rugby. Having played since the age of 4 and currently playing for the Wasps ladies in the Tyrells Premiership she is s able to keep up with current coaching methods and practises. She was instrumental in setting up the girls section at Chobham RFC and has captained both Chobham and Surrey at U15 and U18 teams. Izzy shows great leadership and communications that make her a wonderful rugby coach!
A natural athlete as a youngster, she also competed at county and regional level in netball, athletics and cross country. Comfortable at wing, centre and full-back, Uren hit her first international milestone in April 2016 when she captained an England U18 rugby talent development group to a 41-17 win over Canada, also grabbing a try, in Devon. Uren, who was born in Chiswick, made her debut for Saracens Women against Lichfield in November 2016 and her first England U20s cap came in a 38-15 triumph over the Army at the Aldershot Army Rugby Stadium in February 2017. Her introduction to the game came at the age of 16, after a bout of glandular fever hampered her ability to compete in the pool. She joined Grasshoppers and eventually graduated to play for Middlesex and then the South East Divisional U18 squad. The Saracen has always looked up to elite athletes in general, rather than specific individuals, inspired by how they train, and is currently studying for a degree in strength and conditioning sciences at St Mary’s University.
Lizzy, 19 years, was born in the United States of America. Her family relocated to Scotland when she was one year old and then moved to Buckinghamshire. Bedford Modern is where Lizzy did a majority of her schooling. Adams, not just the athlete but also commits herself academically. She completed her A-levels with flying colours and enrolled into a degree in Engineering at Loughborough University soon after. She switched to Maths and Economics that she hopes to complete at a future date.
Lizzie fell in love with rugby at a Taster Session held at her school. This urged her to join her local rugby club Olney RFC. 3 years on she has played in the Tyrrells Premier 15s for her University team The Loughborough Lightning, the Under 20s England side and in September 2018 received an opportunity to take on rugby full-time accepting an England 7's contract. Lizzy also attributes her fast-tracked rugby career to her dad, Mike.
“I enjoy helping players develop and the challenge in designing sessions for different abilities and ages”